The largest airline in India by passengers carried and fleet, IndiGo has completed its 4 years serving at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar.
The low cost carrier started flying to holy city, Amritsar on 17th March 2017 by starting direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai. The airline gradually increased its domestic as well as international network from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar over the years.
IndiGo currently connects Amritsar to over 6 domestic destinations, Delhi, Mumbai, Srinagar, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Goa (starts 28th March 2021), and 3 international destinations, Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is still on the shores, the scheduled international flights to/from the country remain suspended since March 2020. Many Indian as well as foreign airlines are operating international flights to/from the airport under the air bubble agreement between India and many other countries.
IndiGo has operated a number of repatriation flights to/from the airport in past few months under the air bubble agreement between India and many countries. Since September 2020, the airline has operated a number of charter flights between Amritsar and Rome/Milan in Italy. These charter flights currently are scheduled to operate till end of March, 2021.
While currently the carrier does not have any widebody aircraft in its fleet, the airline is using its Airbus A321neo aircraft with one-stop refueling in Istanbul, Turkey for these special charter flights.
The National carrier, Air India has now extended its direct flights to Rome, Italy from Amritsar till May 2021 under its Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). It remains to be seen that could IndiGo consider starting direct flights to Milan and Rome in Italy from Amritsar in near future.
Apart from Italy in Europe, the airline has also operated a number of repatriation flights between Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Amritsar under the air bubble agreement between India and UAE.
While currently the domestic and international market is recovering, it could be expected that airline in future may explore some unserved high potential domestic as well as international destinations from the airport.
Ravreet Singh is a young blogger who has a great interest in aviation. His main focus on aviation is connectivity of Amritsar, Punjab with the World. He is also a member of FlyAmritsar Initiative, a public campaign for more direct flights to/from Amritsar.